August 3, 2012
2003 | #11 (U.K.), #17 (Austria), #20 (Germany)
The song with the ridiculously long title was released as the fourth international single from Up! It performed respectably in some markets, but did not match the success of the previous singles from the project.
It also reaffirmed Twain’s affinity for parentheses, which apparently ranked as her second-favorite punctuation mark behind only the exclamation point.
“Thank You Baby!” retains many of the usual qualities of a great Shania Twain single. Twain’s vocal delivery brings a sense of warmth and genuineness to the lyric, which details a woman’s search for love, as well as the deep satisfaction of finally having found it.
Where it falters is in its lack of an immediately accessible, memorable hook. The arrangement isn’t as crisp or fresh-sounding as usual, and just barely escapes sounding dated. Likewise, the melody doesn’t quite match the sonic stickiness of Twain’s past efforts, which may be one reason why the song didn’t match the chart impact of its predecessors.
It’s a generally enjoyable effort, but not as satisfying as the delicious pop confections that preceded and succeeded it.
Written by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Shania Twain
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